Earlier news is available and is archived in the
The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has announced an important milestone in the
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the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). For more information, visit the CCDC at
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Images and Jmol displays on the RCSB PDB website now show the complete biological assembly for all structures--even
for proteins that are split across multiple PDB coordinate files.
A number of structures in the PDB archive are so large that the historical
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vault protein (e.g.,
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To generate this report, select "PDB Statistics" at
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The latest website release also includes enhancements to browsing query results,
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the WHAT'S NEW page for detailed descriptions.
The latest website release includes enhancements to browsing query results,
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WHAT'S NEW page for detailed descriptions.
The fall 2009 issue
describes recent outreach activities and data deposition
and data query news.
In the Education Corner, Gary Battle reports on a recent symposium that demonstrated
the different ways the Cambridge Structural Database is used to teach chemistry.
In the Community Focus, Roland Dunbrack, Jr. (Fox Chase Cancer Center) discusses
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makes available for download.
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Yonca Yuzugullu was awarded the
RCSB PDB Poster Prize at
the 25th European Crystallographic Meeting
(August 16-21, 2009; Istanbul, Turkey) for Crystallization of bifunctional catalase-phenol oxidase
(CATPO) from Scytalidium thermophilum. Yonca Yuzugullu, Chi Trinh,
Arwen R. Pearson, Mark A. Smith, Simon Phillips, Ufuk Bakir, Michael J.
McPherson, Zumrut B. Ogel (Middle East Technical University, Turkey).
Many thanks to Elspeth Garman (University of Oxford) and Joel Sussman (Weizmann
Institute of Science) for judging the posters, and to Andreas Roodt (University
of the Free State, South Africa) for organizing the judging.
Three structural biologists have won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of the structure and
function of the ribosome -- Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology),
Thomas A. Steitz (Yale University), and
Ada E. Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science).
The depositions of their first complete ribosome subunit structures
(1fjg, 1ffk, and
1fka) almost a decade ago ushered structural biology into a new
era. Since that time, more than 120 ribosome structures consisting of 50S, 30S subunits
and complete 70S ribosomes have been contributed by these Nobel scientists. The structures,
complexed with and without antibiotics, tRNAs, mRNAs, initiation factors, and release factors,
provide a basis for understanding how the ribosome works and are useful tools for drug development.
The ribosome was highlighted in the October 2000 edition of the
Molecule of the Month.
Animations of the large and small
subunits of the ribosome are available for display and download.
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1A.A. Vaguine, J. Richelle, S.J. Wodak (1999)
SFCHECK: A unified set of procedures for evaluating the quality of macromolecular structure-factor
data and their agreement with the atomic model. Acta Crystallogr. D55:191-205.
The WHAT'S NEW button at the top of the RCSB PDB header highlights
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Similarity tab, for example 4HHB. Users can select a pair of chains from a given sequence cluster (95% for this example),
and then run either sequence or structure alignments.
The current sequence alignments possible are: blast2seq, Needleman-Wunsch, and Smith-Waterman; the structure alignments offered are FATCAT,
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Magdalena Korczynska was awarded the RCSB PDB Poster Prize at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the
American Crystallographic Association (ACA; July 25-30; Toronto, Canada) for Structural
Insight into Homoserine Transacetylase from Haemophilus influenzae (Magdalena Korczynska
(1), I. Ahmad Mirza (1), and Albert M. Berghuis (1,2); (1)Departments of Biochemistry and (2)
Microbiology & Immunology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada).
Many thanks to the judges: Joe Ng (The University of Alabama in Huntsville),
John Rose (University of Georgia), and Emil Pai (University of Toronto).
New capabilities and descriptions of operational synchrotron beamlines worldwide are now
available at biosync-beta.rutgers.edu.
The new site also offers search functions for services and equipment.
BioSync has been redesigned to
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beamlines (including remote data collection, mail-in, crystallization and structure
solution services, robotics handling for crystal screening and mounting, microfocus
beams and facilities for collecting data under extreme conditions). The new look and
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BioSync offers deposition statistics by each synchrotron site and by geographical region.
Galleries of structures and tables containing citations and other general information
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A separate set of statistical tables, galleries and informational tables is provided
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BioSync was formed in 1990 as a grassroots organization for the promotion of access
to synchrotron radiation for scientists whose primary research was in the field of
structural biology. In 1995, PDB depositions from synchrotron data came from 20
beamlines spread out over 7 different sites, and they accounted for 17% of the total
number of X-ray structures deposited that year. By 2000, there were more than
60 beamlines collecting data on macromolecules and the percentage of X-ray structures
collected on these beamlines was at 62%. This growth in demand was foreseen by the
members of BioSync and they suggested that a web resource be created to help structural
biologists identify beamlines suited to their particular experiments and the BioSync
web resource went online in 2000. By 2009, the number of beamlines used to collect data
on biological macromolecules has more than doubled and they account for close to 80% of
current X-ray structures deposited to the PDB.
The redesign and upgrade of BioSync is being funded by NIGMS.
NIGMS has released three funding opportunities that will establish the core of the PSI:Biology research network,
which will apply high-throughput structural approaches to solve interesting biological problems:
Additional program announcements for experimental technology development, computational and molecular modeling will be announced.
The summer 2009 issue
highlights the new features and functionality that have been added to
www.pdb.org. In the Community Focus, Gregory Warren
discusses the worlds of modeling and crystallography. Recent outreach activities, along with data
deposition and data query news, are also available.
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The RCSB PDB Poster Prize at the
Joint 17th Annual International Conference for Intelligent
Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) and the 8th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB; June 27-July 2;
Stockholm, Sweden) went to Christoph Malisi for Automated Scaffold Selection for Enzyme Design (Christoph Malisi
(1)(2), Oliver Kohlbacher (2) and Birte Höcker (1); (1) Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Protein Design Group,
Tübingen, Germany; (2) Division for Simulation of Biological Systems, Center for Bioinformatics, Eberhard-Karls-Universität
Many thanks to the judges: Marco Punta (Committee Chair, Columbia University), Yana Bromberg (Columbia University),
Stefano Lise (University College London), Silvio Tosatto (Universita' di Padova, Italy), Maria Valentini (CRS4, Italy),
Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard University), and Lars Arvestad (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden). Thanks also to the
full reviewing committee and to the
International Society for Computational Biology.
From July 25-30, the RCSB PDB will be at the 2009 Meeting of the American
Crystallographic Association in Toronto, Canada. Stop by exhibition booth 418 to meet with members of the RCSB
PDB and the PSI Structural Genomics Knowledgebase (PSI
SGKB). On Tuesday, July 28, the poster "The PDB: Updates and Future Plans" will describe recent improvements made
to the PDB File Format and future plans for a common wwPDB deposition and annotation tool. The
RCSB PDB Poster Prize will be awarded
to the best student presentation related to macromolecular crystallography.
At the 23rd Annual Symposium of The Protein
Society (July 25-29, Boston, MA), the RCSB PDB will be exhibiting alongside the PSI Structural Genomics Knowledgebase
(PSI SGKB) in booth #122. On Sunday,
July 26, be sure to stop by the poster A Lot More Than Coordinates: A Short Tour of a PDB File. Presented by
Lihua Tan, this poster will highlight all of the rich information available in a PDB file other than the X, Y, Z coordinates.
Also on Sunday, the PSI SGKB will host a workshop that will describe How to Use the PSI Structural Genomics Knowledgebase
for Research (Salon B, 12:00-1:00 p.m.).
Interested in finding homologous protein structures, or finding a non-redundant set of proteins?
The new Sequence Similarity View is an easy way to get this information based upon a protein chain
in a PDB entry. This view, available through a tab at the top of each Structure Summary page, provides
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homologous proteins found within a cluster can then be examined.
The clusters are based on a weekly BLAST analysis of all proteins with more than 20 amino acids in the PDB.
Many PDB entries contain several chains, so the sequence similarity is defined on a chain-by-chain basis,
with the results returned for the entire structure. For more information, see the description at
To see proteins that are from 30% to 100% identical with the alpha and beta chains of hemoglobin, explore the
Sequence Similarity View for 4hhb.
Starting July 1, 2009, Gerard Kleywegt will lead the Protein Data Bank Europe
project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (Hinxton, UK). During the last
17 years he has been working in Uppsala,
Sweden, a center of excellence for biomolecular crystallography and has developed
many tools that are widely used by structural biologists worldwide. He has an
extensive publication record and has served on the PDBe Scientific Advisory
Board for the last few years. He has also been one of the European
representatives on the wwPDB
advisory committee. He has a very strong international reputation and is well
respected in the structural biology community.
Gerard will be replacing Kim Henrick, who has been the team leader of the
PDBe since 2001. During his tenure at the EBI, Kim has made enormous
contributions to the PDBe at the EBI, by establishing and leading a
strong team that has developed a wide variety of services. Kim was
a strong advocate for the formation of the
wwPDB in 2003. He has played a
key role in developing the standards for representing all the data
in the archive from small molecules to very large biological assemblies,
and in leading the remediation efforts. Kim's deep knowledge of the PDB,
his very critical eye, and sharp wit will be greatly missed by the wwPDB.
The members of the wwPDB
look forward to working closely with Gerard and wish Kim all the best in the next
chapter of his career.
Stop by exhibit booth #9 at the Joint 17th
Annual International Conference for Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)
and the 8th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) to visit with the
RCSB PDB and the PSI
SGKB (June 27-July 2; Stockholm, Sweden).
Also at this meeting, the RCSB PDB Poster Prize will be awarded for the outstanding
student poster in the structure and function prediction category. At the ISMB
satellite Bioinformatics Open
Source Conference (BOSC), the RCSB PDB's Andreas Prlić will present BioJava
2009: an Open-Source Framework for Bioinformatics, and at the
Special Interest Group Session on the Future of Scientific Publishing, Phil Bourne will
discuss OpenID vs. ResearcherID.
Exhibition booths and posters will also be presented at the
Symposium of The Protein Society (July 25-29; Boston, MA) and the
2009 Annual Meeting of the American
Crystallographic Association (July 25-30; Toronto, Canada).
At the ASBMB's
Essentials for Educating Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduates
Symposium (August 5-8; Colorado Springs, CO), the RCSB PDB's Shuchismita
Dutta will run a workshop entitled Molecular Visualization and Protein
Databases (IIA): Tools, Rules and Stories: A Protein Data Bank Workshop Series.
An HPUB status indicates that a structure will be released when the primary reference is published. When
it's confirmed that the corresponding article is available, the structure is included in the weekly update of
The wwPDB receives publication dates and citation information directly from a few journals. For most articles,
however, the wwPDB searches PubMed and scans the literature for publication information. Citations
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org are also greatly appreciated.
There is a one-year limit on the length of a hold period, including HPUBs. If the citation for a structure
is not published within the one-year period, depositors will be given the option to either release or withdraw
Tabbed Structure Summary pages let users explore information about any given structure. Located above the
structure ID and title, each tab offers different types of information -- a
biology & chemistry,
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be hidden or expanded, and in some cases, moved around on the page.
Users can organize these pages to highlight information of interest.
An online video demonstrates how to customize these page layouts
Customized layouts are automatically stored in a cookie and are persistent for all
PDB IDs. To switch back to the default layout, users should click on the "Reset
View" in the left-hand menu.
This enhancement to Structure Summary pages is is one of many new features added to the RCSB
PDB website -- a full list is available.
The recently-released Literature View aims to provide a broad look at how a given structure has been analyzed
and presented in open access publications, that is, where the full text of the article is available without
copyright restriction. The overall intent is to make the PDB user more aware of publications associated
with the structure under study. It is one of many new features added to the RCSB PDB website -- a
full list is available.
Accessible by selecting the Literature tab from any Structure Summary page, this view highlights a
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The Literature View also indicates the other publications included in the entry by the authors in
addition to the primary citation (those contained in REMARK 1).
In collaboration with the BioLit project (biolit.ucsd.edu), the Literature View lists any open access articles
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If the listed open access articles also mention other PDB entries, their image, PDB ID, title, and sequence
similarity to the initial structure are included in a table with links to their Structure Summary pages.
To see some examples, explore the Literature View for entries
The modernized look of the RCSB PDB website compliments the new features and functionality released this week.
A full "What's New" list for this release is available, with some of the new features highlighted below:
Quick searches by PDB ID/keyword, author name, structural genomics center, and chemical
component name and ID are available from a new pulldown menu offered on every page.
Customizable Structure Summary pages let users highlight particular types of information.
Boxes ("widgets") can be clicked and dragged, and their content hidden or shown.
New layouts are automatically stored for future visits. A video screencast
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These pages use icons to indicate links to help pages (?), molecular viewers
database searches (),
and external sites ( ).
Holding your mouse over a search
field or link option will display more information.
The Ligand Explorer Viewer available on the Structure Summary page can be used to
dynamically view hydrogen bond, hydrophobic, bridged H-bond, metal interaction,
and neighbor residue interactions and thresholds.
Other new features include a Literature Tab View that incorporates PubMedCentral
abstracts and images, and a Sequence Similarity Tab View that provides provides an
overview of the sequence clusters for each protein chain in a PDB structure.
We look forward to any comments about these new features!
Depositors can follow these steps to make the process of depositing a structure quick, easy, and
Deposition is an iterative process. If you encounter problems at a particular step, please make the correction(s) and
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These steps, along with a checklist of items needed for deposition, are described in an updated brochure called 5 Easy
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1S.F. Altschul, W. Gish, W. Miller, E.W. Myers, & D.J. Lipman (1990)
Basic local alignment search tool. J. Mol. Biol. 215:403-410.
2A.A. Vaguine, J. Richelle, S.J. Wodak (1999) SFCHECK: a unified set of
procedures for evaluating the quality of macromolecular structure-factor data and their agreement with the atomic model. Acta Crystallogr. D55:191-205.
Where are all the hydrogen atoms in this file? Should I care about the
R-factor? Why are there 20 overlapped structures in my file? These
questions and many others are explored in the RCSB PDB's new
Looking at Structures.
Using text, images, and interactive Jmols, Looking
at Structures intends to help researchers and educators get the most out of the PDB archive. Broad topics include
how to understand PDB data, how to visualize structures, how to read coordinate files, and potential challenges in exploring
A Table of Contents appears on the right side of every page so at any time users can access the
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with Coordinates, Methods for Determining
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Graphics Programs, Resolution, and
R-value and R-free.
Structures is available from the General Education section of the left-hand menu.
Ligand Expo can be used to access chemical
and structural information about all small molecule components found in PDB entries.
The latest release includes amino acid variants--protonation and de-protonation states--as part of Ligand Expo's
Browse option. For example, when browsing arginine, protonation states ARG_LEO2 and ARG_LFOH_RNH1 will
be included in the results list.
Ligand Expo can also Search for ligands using:
Ligand Expo is based upon the Chemical
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MyPDB notifies users via email when the PDB releases structures that match
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Information on how to register and use MyPDB is available in the
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SFCheck is integrated with the RCSB PDB's deposition tools so users can assess the agreement between
an atomic model and the corresponding X-ray data before a structure is deposited and released.
SFCheck generates reports containing R-factors, density correlation, Luzzati plots, Wilson
plots, temperature factors, local error estimation by residues, and more. It is a part
of the Validation
Server and ADIT,
and is used by the RCSB PDB during the annotation process.
SFCheck is also part of
streamlined, web-based tool for validating crystallographic experimental data. In addition to
validating model coordinates against structure factor data with SFCheck, SF-Tool can:
Depositors are strongly encouraged to use SFCheck before deposition.
unified set of procedures for evaluating the quality of macromolecular structure-factor data and their
agreement with the atomic model AA Vaguine, J Richelle, SJ Wodak (1999); Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr 55:191-205.
In the spring 2009 issue
David Goodsell interviews molecular animators Gaël McGill and Graham Johnson to
find out how PDB data gets translated into their detailed movies and images. In the Education Corner,
Gavin Whittaker describes how physical models can be created and used to provide a unique view of molecular
structure. New RCSB PDB features and developments, including the recent release of MyPDB email alerts,
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deposition and query features available from
The RCSB PDB will host a
short course for practicing pharmaceutical/biophysical modelers
looking for a better understanding of crystal structures and PDB data.
The course will be held May 7 & 8 at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Piscataway, NJ.
Do you use protein crystal structure data? Ever wonder why things do not work out as you expect?
Are ligand strain energies unreasonably high? Does your drug candidate not appear to make the hydrogen bonds you expect?
Is that really a water molecule in the corner of a binding site?
Do you wonder why a side chain is in one position rather than another?
These questions all relate to the "quality" of the data you use.
How "good" are the protein structures that you use?
What's the error in atomic coordinates?
How might you know if something is just plain wrong?
Crystallography for Modelers will address these issues and offer
insight into state-of-the-art research into the quality, errors, and "gotchas"
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Proper interpretation of crystal structures, part one: accuracy,
precision, problems and errors (experimental, real, perceived).
Day 2: Proper interpretation of crystal structures, part two:
case studies with emphasis on ligand binding, position, conformation,
loops, and missing density. Software bridging modeling and crystallography.
Hands-on exercises in the concepts of the course with public and commercial
software. Software vendor showcase.
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After their win at the Central Regional tournament, the team from Bridgewater-Raritan High School came in first place at the protein modeling event at the 2009 New Jersey Science Olympiad.
In an extremely close competition, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South came in second, and
Livingston High School came in third out of 24 schools.
Teams from all over the Garden State submitted their hand-built 3D models of a ribonuclease protein,
along with an abstract, to be judged by staff from the RCSB PDB. At the competition, teams built a
model of a selected region of a ribonuclease structure using Jmol and completed a written exam.
Teams used the Molecule of the Month and other RCSB PDB resources, to help prepare for this event.
Congratulations to all participating teams--there were many great models, abstracts, and responses to the
written exam. The final results, pictures, and a video demonstrating how models are built for this
competition are available at education.pdb.org. Questions about the
NJ Science Olympiad Protein Modeling trial event should be sent to
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Christine Zardecki (Event Supervisor) and Marina Zhuravleva ), the
NJ Science Olympiad organizers, and
to the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling
for the design of this event.
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Many ribonuclease models were built by high school students for the RCSB PDB-sponsored
Protein Modeling event at the New Jersey Science
Before the day of competition, teams build a model of the full ribonuclease structure based on PDB ID
In this model, teams are encouraged to include "additions" that help tell the functional story
They also provide an abstract/key that describes features highlighted in their model.
At the event itself, teams have 50 minutes to build a section of an assigned PDB structure and
answer questions about the structure, function, importance, and history of ribonuclease. For all
sections of the event, students are encouraged to use the
Molecule of the Month,
the PDB file, Jmol and the Structure Explorer page.
2009 regional results,
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Special thanks to our judges from the RCSB PDB (Shuchismita Dutta, Margaret Gabanyi,
Irina Persikova, Monica Sekharan, Chengua Shao, Hyumni Sun, Lihua Tan, Huangwang Yang,
Jasmine Young, Christine Zardecki, and Marina Zhuravleva ), the
NJ Science Olympiad organizers, and to the
MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling for the
design of this event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the state finals in March!
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The PSI and NIGMS have announced that the annual workshop
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4-6, 2009 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. This workshop will
focus on the technical challenges of protein structure determination and present the
latest technological and methodological innovations.
Many issues in structural genomics and structural biology are as applicable to the
individual bench scientist as they are to high-throughput research centers. The
preliminary program includes keynote presentations by Michael Rossmann and Frank
Raushel, six topical sessions, and a poster session. All classes of protein from
uncharacterized hypothetical proteins to membrane proteins and protein-protein
complexes will be discussed.
For further information regarding the 2009 NIGMS Workshop, online registration,
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